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Mets right-hander Jeremy Hefner appears headed for a second Tommy John surgery

Aug 11, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

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Jeremy Hefner made 22 starts for the Mets last season prior to undergoing Tommy John surgery and now he has suffered a significant setback in his recovery.

Hefner, who had Tommy John surgery last August, felt soreness in his surgically-repaired right elbow during a minor league rehab start last Wednesday. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said after today’s game that Hefner reinjured the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and also suffered a stress fracture of his ulna bone. The expectation is that he will need another Tommy John surgery.

Here’s what Hefner wrote on his Facebook page:

“Although this injury is extremely uncommon, it does happen. There aren’t many case studies on it, but it does require me to have T.J. surgery again. Yes, that means starting completely over. I’m not sure what my course of action is. Should have a clearer picture in the coming days. I’m disappointed, but not shaken. I have a lot of things to be thankful for, and I’ll rest in that.”

Just devastating. Tommy John surgery continues to have a high success rate, but when it comes to throwing a baseball, nothing is a guarantee. Here’s the latest example.

  1. chill1184 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:05 PM

    Poor Hefner

  2. thisdamnbox - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Damn…hate to hear about those bad breaks for nearly anyone. Poor kid…

  3. sportsfan18 - Aug 11, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    good luck kid…

  4. kappy32 - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    This is prime example #1 why my fellow Mets fans shouldn’t bank on Matt Harvey returning to his pre-TJ form next year. Matt Harvey should also be paying attention to this… Harvey & Hefner had been rehabbing together & Harvey was butthurt when the Mets allowed Hefner to throw off a mound & pushed Harvey back. Hefner isn’t the investment that Harvey is & for fear of this happening to their phenom, the Mets are taking it very slow & cautious with Harvey. Instead of being a stubborn PITA, thinking the team is hurting him, Harvey should realize nothing is a given when returning from TJ & the team is only looking out for his best interests.

    As for Hefner, I’m sad to see this happen. The kid was starting to pitch well & come into his own the 10 or so starts he had before originally injuring his UCL. The Mets were hoping to see him back this year so they could see of he was part of their plans in 2015. The Mets are loaded with young, talented pitching, but if they move a couple prospects to land a bat or two, Hefner could have been an important part of the 2015 rotation. The even more unfortunate part of this is that the second TJ surgery is pretty much the death knell of a pitcher’s career. He was so close to making something of his career & now it is most likely over. I wish you the best, kid.

  5. disgracedfury - Aug 11, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Harvey will come back but when?Adam Wainwirght wasn’t great his first year back but now is great.The other side is Liriano who took 5 years to get back to being a great pitcher.

    When you have all those pitching prospects most are gonna implode.Sell some why you still have the chance.

    • toodrunktotastethischicken - Aug 12, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      If all goes well for Harvey in rehab he should be good to go come Spring Training 2015.

  6. jfk69 - Aug 12, 2014 at 4:51 AM

    Life throws some of us a curveball just when you think you are getting a fastball. He has a good outlook and hopefully a good back up plan if pitching a baseball for a living does not work out.
    For many of us a dream is just that. Good luck in your future endeavors and life Jeremy.

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